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Sun Festival ends with a bang

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/27/2015 6:07:00 PM

“I have family who have a place on Lake Martin,” Patrick said. “They told me to come anytime this summer I wanted, but said if you can get here during Sun Festival, don’t miss it. So here I am.” Rye said the Chamber received a lot of positive

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Air Force veteran gets gift of flight for 90th birthday

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/27/2015 6:07:00 PM

Dobbs toured Joe over the south end of the lake, Kowaliga Bridge and Willow Point before making way back to the airport for touchdown. “We took it up to 10,500 feet and on the way back we flew at 300 mph,” Dobbs said. “I wanted him to be able to say

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Happy campers depart for Lake Martin


Date: 7/26/2015 1:58:00 PM

GOODWILL EASTER SEALS AND MOBILE ROTARY CLUB - For the 31st year, 100 local children and adults with disabilities will depart from Goodwill Easter Seals’ Gordon Smith Campus, Sunday, July 26th, for a week-long camping adventure sponsored through a

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Wilson hopes to make Excelsior Ink a community fixture

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/25/2015 3:41:00 PM

“Comic book art was my original passion,” said Wilson, who opened his shop after working four years with Lake Martin Tattooing. “I just sort of changed that up and got into tattooing. A lot of the concepts in comic book art and tattooing are the

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Today’s Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt Clue

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/24/2015 4:04:00 AM

Each daily winner is entered in the drawing for $1,000 to be given away at the David Nall concert. If you find the medallion, call Kowaliga Country and then bring the medallion to the Outlook offices to pick up a check and have your picture made for the

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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